Ways to Get Rid of Mice in the Winter

When outside temperatures begin to fall and we are greeted with colder weather, it is not uncommon for outdoor pests to want to come inside your house for some warmth. One of these pests that we may frequently encounter during the winter months is mice. If you have an infestation of mice, feel free to contact Dayton’s Pest Control for further assistance, but here are four at-home methods to rid of mice in the winter.

Block Entry Points

One way to keep mice out of your home is to seal off any spots in which the mice could be entering your house. This could be anything from a hole in your floor, to a door that gets left open. Do a thorough inspection of your home and try to find where the mice are entering. Once you think you’ve discovered the location, seal it off to prevent more from coming in.

Repel With Certain Scents

Would you like to enter a home that smelled like garbage? Hopefully, the answer is no, but for pests, that answer would be a yes. Like us, animals have certain smells that they are not fond of. Although, scents that repel animals differ from those that repel humans. For example, mint is a scent that mice do not enjoy, but is tolerable for a human. Spray or use drops of mint extract around your house to send mice packing.

Cut Off Access to Food

One of the main attractions for a mouse is food. If you have leftover food sitting around your kitchen, or maybe just leave packages on the counter sometimes, that can be seen as a buffet to pests, including mice. Try storing all of your food in a closed and secure cabinet and throw away leftover unwanted food. Along with inspecting your house for entry points, inspect your storage spots and make sure there are no holes in your cabinets or drawers. 

Use Your Preferred Trap

Some mouse traps have proved to be very controversial. For example, glue traps have been classified as inhumane because the mice get stuck and have a slow, painful death. A second option would be the traditional mouse trap that generally results in a quick death, but that’s not always the case. The humane option would be the catch and release traps.

If you have too many pests to handle or find the DIY methods ineffective, call Dayton’s Pest Control in Knoxville, Tennessee at (865)-622-8001.